The death of the renowned actor and comedian Robin Williams yesterday has shocked and saddened many, and like the deaths of troubled celebrities before him, has thrust the issues of depression and suicide into the spotlight.
Alan Chartock speaks with Laura Marx and Mary Jo Gibson about Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Laura Marx is the Area Director of The Capital Region chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She holds a Master's Degree in Psychology. She is a SafeTalk (Suicide Alertness for Everyone) Trainer and has presented on depression awareness and suicide prevention to groups young and old.
Melody Moezzi was born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised in the American heartland. When at eighteen, she began battling a severe physical illness, her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with roses, lilies, and hyacinths.
But when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and antipsychotics, she was encouraged to keep her illness a secret—by both her family and an increasingly callous and indifferent medical establishment.
Refusing to be ashamed, Moezzi became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental illness and reclaim her life along the way. She tells her story in Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life.
Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.
This morning our discussion topics include: Mark Sanford wins in SC The Cleveland kidnap story and trafficking of women Pepsi Cola drops Lil Wayne Military Sexual Assaults Soar Suicide Rates Jump Chris Christie Weight Dow sets another record
SHOKAN – State Police are continuing to investigate a barn fire and apparent suicide in the Town of Olive Tuesday afternoon.
The fire was reported at 3:44 p.m. at 3358 Route 28. The blaze consumed the large barn and a pick-up truck that was parked next to it.
The owner of the barn, who was found dead in the truck, was tentatively identified as Brett Sirois, 48, who was found in possession of a rifle, handgun and several rounds of ammunition at the time of his death.
A coalition of volunteers is holding a public forum tonight in Pittsfield to raise suicide awareness in Berkshire County.
The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention is holding the first of planned quarterly public meetings tonight in Pittsfield to unite members of the community to discuss and build a strategy to combat suicide at the local level.
Peggy Morse of the Coalition said that suicide is a topic that many adults are usually unwilling to openly discuss.